Ireland No 12]
HOW THE NATIONALISTS
PROPOSE TO TREAT THE
PEOTESTANTS OF ULSTEK
AND THE ULSTER LINEN TRADE.
This is what Mr. Davitt told the Interviewer of the Pall
Mall Gazette, on May 12, when asked how he proposed to
deal with the question of Ulster :
" Leave them alone to us," he said, " and we will make
short work of those gentry. They are not Irish, they are
only English and Scotch who are settled among us, and it
is preposterous that they should be allowed to dictate to
Irishmen how Ireland should be governed."
ENGLISHMEN, WILL YOU LEAVE THESE MEN
WHO AKE " ONLY ENGLISH AND SCOTCH "
TO SUCH TENDEE MEECIES?
The English and Scotch in Ulster are the men who have
made the great city of Belfast, and have built up that linen
industry which has added so immensely to the prosperity of
Ireland, and has made the looms of Ulster famous through-
out the world.
How do the Irish appreciate those who have thus bene-
fited and enriched Ireland ?
They envy and they hate them. If Home Rule is granted
their first thought will be to be revenged upon the Ulster
This is what was said on the subject in the Belfast
Morning News, a paper belonging to Mr. Gray, a leading
member of the Nationalist Party :
" Suppress Orange linen, and you manumit Ulster.
Break the power of the ' linenites,' and the * Loyalists ' are,
if not killed, scotched." — December 29th, 1884.
" The linen trade has been a scourge, and not a blessing,
to Ulster. This province is by far the poorest of the four,
except Connaught , and even it tops Ulster in many respects.
This Mr. T. Galloway Kigg, of Castle Douglas, has
proved -with force, finish, and finalitjr in two admirable
letters to the Dumfries and Galloicay Standard. . . .
Mr. Kigg says truly that ' the soil of Ulster is hilly and
mountainous throughout, whereas Leinster, Munster, and
Connaught (Eastern) are as flat as a bowling-green.' But he
does not mention what intensified the sterility of the pro-
vince, what added to the ruggedness of hill and mountain,
what accentuated the inhospitality of bog and morass — the
existence of the linen trade. But for the linen trade Ulster
could never have been rack-rented as it was and as it con-
tinues to be. But for the linen trade the factitious value of
over 25 per cent, beyond that imposed on the land of the
fertile provinces could never have been laid on arid Ulster
by Griffith. ' Up the heathery mountain, down the rustling
glen,' the fair linen has laid its foul mark in impossible
rents; for lint and loom and linen, not the land, paid the
rent. But for the stone of flax, the hank of yarn, the web
of linen, the grinding landlord exactions which have kept
Ulster poor could not have been put in force. . . .
That's the reward Ulster gained by its unswerving, blind
devotion to linen, loyalty, and landlordism. The trio are
identical, for ' the linen trade of Ulster is solidly Orange,'
and, ' as an interest, and a powerful interest, is the worst,
most vicious, and most formidable enemy of the Irish
people.' . . . The whole weight of the linen trade, as a
body, was ever thrown into the scale of the enemies and
oppressors of the people." — January 5th, 1885.
Englishmen and Scotchmen, think what is the meaning
of this, and what will follow the destruction of the Ulster
linen trade here advocated.
Thousands of law-abiding and industrious working men
and their families, who, up till now, have been earning an
honest livelihood, will be reduced to ruin and beggary ; and
for what fault? They have worked at the linen
trade! They are "only English and Scotch"!
Published by the Liberal Committee for the Maintenance of the
Legislative Union between Great Britain and Ireland,
35, Spring Gardens, S.W.